DS-WA MGOCSM - Dallas-Oklahoma's Lenten Retreat 2015

The Annual Dallas/Oklahoma Area Lenten Retreat was successfully held at St. Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally, Dallas, on March 14, 2015. The theme for this year’s retreat was “Homecoming” based off of the passage from Joel 2:12 “Now says the Lord your God, turn to me with all your heart and fasting, wailing and with mourning.” Our speaker, Rev. Dn. Arun Varghese, reminded us that no matter what trials and tribulations we may conquer or fail, we can always call upon our Lord and He will greet us with open arms. The group discussions were done in workshop-style rotations and each group leader had a chance to talk with every age group. We dissected the theme verse into four main points: 1) Admit, 2) Seek and Surrender, 3) Repair, and 4) Grow; to help students better understand this theme and encourage them to find a practical application in their lives. The retreat ended with an amazing Icon workshop lead by Mr. Bijoy Thomas. The retreat was a success and a blessing for everyone that participated.  All glory to God.

Written by Ashley Roy from St. Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally, Dallas